Farm2School Program started in Wisconsin


La Crosse County Health Dept. has recently started a program to ensure fresh food from local farms gets on the lunch menu of the county’s schools. The program has been dubbed the ‘Farm2School’ program. The highlights of the program include – ensuring fresh veggies from local farms are used for lunch & breakfast at school.
Kids are educated about nutrition via trading cards containing health information. Local area chefs conduct cooking demonstrations to make nutrition learning fun for kids.

Wisconsin Agricultural Tourism Association is encouraging local farm educational tours for children and adults to stay in touch with their community and industry. The association promotes farming and related industries and  reminds the young that the agricultural and farming provides plenty of employment opportunities. Various educational tours in WI are listed here These organizations remind to be safe during the tours and make their own private arrangements for their liability & medical protection for their visits.

Locally Grown Food Uses Less Fuel to Deliver Better Health and More Flavor

In our modern age of food preservatives and additives, genetically altered crops and E. coli outbreaks, as with the recent spinach debacle [September 2006], people are increasingly concerned about the quality and cleanliness of the foods they eat. Given the impossibility of identifying the pesticides used and the route taken to grow and transport, say, a banana from Central America to our local supermarket, foods grown locally make a lot of sense for those who want more control over what they put into their bodies.

Read full article here Locally Grown Food Uses